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View Poll Results: Regina or Winnipeg
Regina 4 57.14%
Winnipeg 3 42.86%
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Old 02-07-2010, 10:25 PM
 
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Hi, guys. As you can gather from the title, I'm comparing three cities into one. Since I'm American, I have virtually no experience traveling to Canada. If you could please post detailed descriptions of all three cities that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 02-08-2010, 12:45 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Well, general information is easily available by looking up Stats Canada, Wikipedia, and typical Google searches. What exactly is your situation? How old are you? Why these cities in particular? What draws you to them? What's your background? What do you do? Do you know anything about them at all? Surely you must know something about them... let us know what you already know, and we can elaborate.
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Old 02-08-2010, 03:22 PM
 
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I'm thinking of possibly living/going to college there. I currently reside in Texas, so I would like to know what makes Canada, Canada. What are these cities like? Does socialism play a large role in the quality of life? Diversity, culture, colleges? Which city would you recommend for an American immigrant, basically. All I know about the cities are that they are located on the plains and Canada is further north and therefore is colder.
My criteria:
Young, single, male Hispanic
Natural beauty is a must
Cultural events and diversity would be great too
Convenient for shopping oppurtunities (really any city with a good-sized mall is okay with me)
Good university (American benefits?)
Somewhat hip and trendy scene
Religious diversity

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Old 02-09-2010, 02:12 AM
 
Location: E ND & NW MN
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I will take a stab at answering this one. I live about 2 1/2 hours south of Winnipeg and have visited both Regina and Winnipeg. I havent been to Saskatoon so I know least about it.

But from your criteria....Winnipeg may fit your bill. Mainly for the fact that it is a much larger city than either Saskatoon or Regina...way larger. Winnipeg metro pop is near 700,000 with Saskatoon and Regina around 200,000.

Winnipeg would be the most cultural and diverse with the largest French population outside of Quebec (I think I am right in this) with St Boniface. I have taken walks through that neighborhood and love to look at the old churches and homes. West side of Winnipeg has the very large and nice Assiniboine Park. Winnipeg is the closest mix of more European and American cities in the Prairies.

Regina when I visited was very pretty and clean I thought. It is pretty much like most American cities in terms of its feel. Saskatoon I know too little about.

As for univerisites in each place....I know each city has several but I dont know about quality, which is better, etc to help you.

Now...the natural beauty question is more in the eye of the beholder. No city is near any mountains. Winnipeg is flat but just to the east is forests and to the north are many Lakes. Regina is prairie and so is Saskatoon though Saskatoon sites in a river valley and would have varied terrain because of that.

Winters are cold in each with usually more snow in Winnipeg than farther west. But temp wise you can expect many days with highs below 0F.

Dan
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Old 02-09-2010, 05:39 AM
 
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I'm thinking of possibly living/going to college there. I currently reside in Texas, so I would like to know what makes Canada, Canada. What are these cities like? Does socialism play a large role in the quality of life? Diversity, culture, colleges?
What do you mean by socialism? Are you saying Canada is socialist?
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Winnipeg would be the most cultural and diverse with the largest French population outside of Quebec (I think I am right in this) with St Boniface. I have taken walks through that neighborhood and love to look at the old churches and homes.
I have heard many times in my lifetime about Winnipeg having the biggest francophone population outside Quebec. I think it is a remnant from another era and was likely true at some point, which explains why the image is still present in a lot of people's minds.

Things have changed, and outside of Quebec, the cities of Ottawa (125,000), Toronto (65,000), Moncton (40,000) and Sudbury (40,000) all have more native French speakers than Winnipeg (30,000).

Overall, excellent points by DaninEGF.
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Old 02-09-2010, 04:26 PM
 
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Yes, truly excellent post

Could anyone describe Regina in more detail? What the enviroment is like, the people, the amount of diversity, and culture? I think it is really between Regina and Winnipeg.
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Old 02-09-2010, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Winnipeg.

Saying that, I'm not sure I'd recommend any of your 3 cities based on what you're seeking.

Have you also looked into Victoria, Vancouver, Halifax, Montreal, or Toronto at all?
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Old 02-09-2010, 04:54 PM
 
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I could swing Halifax and Victoria. But like I have said, I've never been. So I'm blind here.

Thank you to everyone who has posted so far! I appreciate your responses.
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:53 PM
 
Location: E ND & NW MN
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I have heard many times in my lifetime about Winnipeg having the biggest francophone population outside Quebec. I think it is a remnant from another era and was likely true at some point, which explains why the image is still present in a lot of people's minds.

Things have changed, and outside of Quebec, the cities of Ottawa (125,000), Toronto (65,000), Moncton (40,000) and Sudbury (40,000) all have more native French speakers than Winnipeg (30,000).

Overall, excellent points by DaninEGF.
Thanks for the clarification....I should have double checked that.

Dan
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